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Attempted-murder suspect cleared

An admitted cocaine user was released from custody Wednesday shortly after an Erie County Court jury acquitted him of attempted murder, burglary and weapons charges stemming from an altercation at the home of the man he claimed had been his drug supplier.

Dwan Littles, 19, of Claremont Avenue, was acquitted on all charges by a jury of seven men and five women that deliberated for two hours following a three-day trial before Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.

Littles and his family members hugged his attorney, Paul S. Piotrowski, following the jury verdict. Littles, who had faced a possible 25-year prison term on the attempted-murder charge, declined to comment.

He had been jailed since police found him unconscious and arrested him in the Mayer Street home of Rahscheem Goforth, 31, at about 12:30 p.m. March 11. Piotrowski established his client's claims about Goforth on the stand by proving Goforth was arrested Oct. 14 and has a drug case pending in City Court.

Tuesday, Littles testified that Goforth had been his drug supplier for about six months before his arrest. Littles told the jury he went to Goforth's house to demand the $50 he had paid him two hours earlier for some poor-quality cocaine.

Littles said another resident of the Mayer Street home knocked him unconscious with a frying pan as he was fighting with Goforth over the .38-caliber handgun he said Goforth pulled out.

During closing arguments, Piotrowski, once the top drug prosecutor in the Erie County district attorney's office, denounced Goforth as a previously convicted local drug dealer.


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